4. Now concerning spiritual gifts,

“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.”       Benjamin Franklin

 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.

For to one is given by the Spirit, the working of miracles;

God had His reasons for the gifts of the Spirit. In Isaiah 41:20.  

That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the Lord hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it.

The gifts should be on full display today;   so people would see, know, consider, understand and believe that God is! We see this even in the order the gifts are listed:

     ▪   Word of Wisdom, Word of Knowledge
As believers our first job is to learn to listen.  Receive His instructions.
    ▪    Gift of Faith
After learning what and how,  He gives the Faith to do.
    ▪     Gifts of Healing
This is when non believers begin to see the gospel at work.   They see with their eyes, know in their hearts,
     ▪     Working of miracles
They begin to consider and  to understand in their minds.
      ▪     Prophesy,    Discerning of Spirits,  divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
They then will believe our words.

Gods plans and directions always make sense.   We need to learn to do things His way.   Mark 6 once again:  We see mighty things, God says I could only heal a few sick….because of unbelief.   We have unbelief because we want to do it our way.  When we insist on doing things our  way, God cannot do all He wants,  we must do things Gods way.

Please note the last thing we should do is speak.  I would guess my mouth has driven more from, than to Christ.

“That people will see, know, consider, understand and believe that God is.”

 Jesus told us:  “These signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;  They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”

If the purpose of miracles was so that people would ultimately believe on Him, why are we not seeing miracles today. After all Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.  

Many are thinking:  Wait a minute, I’ve had miracles happen in my life.  I know this is true but remember when Jesus went into his hometown, he couldn’t do mighty works,  because of their unbelief.  He could only heal a few sick folks.

That is where we are today, we only see a few receiving miracles. The book tells Jesus healed all that were affected.  He told us to speak to the mountain and believe and it would be cast into the sea.

We do not see this today,  Jesus and the Apostles had multiples come to be saved, healed and delivered.  Today if we don’t feel well, we stay home, after all we won’t be healed at church, God doesn’t do that anymore.

Another reason we don’t see the Gifts at work today is the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. We all desire things: cars, boats, TV’s or praise because we are so really special.  

It’s a me, me, me world, we are bombarded daily, buy this, you need that, you cannot live without the new electric, computer operated hand and foot washer with the optional ear and belly button cleaner and polisher.  (equipped to service both ears, at no extra charge). Only $69.95.  Payable in three easy paymens, of $23.31 a month. (shipping and handling are separate).  How could we resist?  

God has a better idea.

God desires that we seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, then all these things will be added to us. We cannot change the world, when we won’t change ourselves. We need to pray as David did.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.  Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.”    

The question today is:  How to activate the Gifts and Power of God in our lives today?  I long to look behind and see signs and wonders following.  For Christ to be lifted up, the lame walk, the disabled made whole.

“For people to see, know, consider, understand and believe that God is!”

The answer is take the heroes of the Bible off their pedestals,  realize they were flesh and blood like us. The only true difference is they understood and obeyed the Holy Spirit, not the flesh. Their hunger and thirst was for a relationship, not earthy things.

If we look at Joshua:  We find that far fewer miracles occurred during his leadership of the Hebrews but he was with Moses through out the Exodus.   Take a look at his appearances:

  ■  He was Moses trusted second in command

  ■  Moses General in battle.  (Lord is my banner)

  ■  Recipient of God s word through Moses.

  ■  With Moses when the ten comments were given.  (40 day fast?).

  ■  Beside Moses with sons of Levi.  (golden calf over 2000 died).

  ■  Back up the mountain, (rewrite of ten comments), stayed with the Lord,  when Moses went down.

  ■  Sent to search promiced land.  One of two that gave a good report.

  ■  Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him: and the children of Israel hearkened unto him, and did as the Lord commanded Moses.

  ■  Lord spake unto Joshua the son of Nun.

  ■  Led Hebrews into promised land

  ■  Only suffered one defeat in war.

His reaction to defeat was to realize there w a s sin in the camp.  He called the people together to do the following:

      ●  Confess

      ●  Consecrate themselves

      ●  Be sanctified

      ●  Stoned the sinner

Sounds like the sinners prayer to me.  Right up to the death of the old man.

“Joshua; left nothing undone of all that the Lord commanded Moses.”

 

    

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